August 2017

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Does That Shiner Need Some TLC?

Does That Shiner Need Some TLC? | Fante Eye and Face Centre | Denver, CO Whether you see it coming or not, it can be incredibly difficult to outsmart a flying object. Injuries to the eye may occur during a sporting event, automobile accident, or fall. The good news is that the orbital rim, which surrounds the eye socket, protects the eyeball. The bad news is that the bone may be wounded more than you imagine. In many cases, orbital fractures are not an emergency that requires immediate surgical repair. In fact, some fractures do not need surgery at all. However, it is important to know when to see the doctor, and whom to see should trauma occur to the eye.

Symptoms of an orbital fracture include:

  • This may occur around the eye only, or it may extend to the sinuses or even the teeth.
  • The appearance of blood on the sclera, or white of the eye.
  • Depending on pain tolerance, this can be a difficult way to gauge orbital fracture.
  • Light sensitivity.
  • Change in the appearance of the eye (sunken).
  • Double-vision.

Why You Should See a Doctor for Facial Trauma

Sometimes, a bump or blow to the eye seems like “no big deal,” especially if the pain is tolerable and there is no bleeding or sunken appearance. Sometimes, it is the cheekbone that suffers the fracture. In any case, broken bone tissue around the eye could lead to the damage of nerves or blood vessels. In rare instances, a fragmented bone may puncture the eye. A medical evaluation after an eye injury minimizes the risk of unnecessary complication after the initial trauma.

Orbital fractures can be diagnosed via a thorough examination and x-ray or CT scan imaging to closely observe the condition of bone around and beneath the eye. Imaging enables us to pinpoint the location of the fracture, and also ascertain the severity of the injury. As a result, this information facilitates appropriate treatment planning for the most desirable outcome.

Dr. Fante has performed thousands of surgical procedures to repair orbital fractures and other eye injuries. To schedule a consultation, call our Denver medical and cosmetic center at (303) 839-1616.

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What to Expect After Eyelid Surgery

What to Expect After Eyelid Surgery | Fante Eye and Face Centre | Denver, CO At Fante Eye & Face Centre, patients receive individualized care to address cosmetic and functional concerns. Eyelid surgery may be performed as a method of rejuvenating the face, or it may be necessary after an injury to the eye or eyes. Whatever the reason for eyelid surgery, our team provides outstanding support before, during, and after the appropriate procedure.

If you are planning eyelid surgery, one of your primary questions may be what you might expect during recovery. Here, we provide a brief outline of recovery, including tips for optimal healing.

Prior to Surgery . . .

One of the important aspects of surgical recovery is preparedness. Patients are encouraged to arrange a space at home in which they can rest comfortably and have necessities nearby. Some of these necessary items include:

  • Pain medication as recommended.
  • Artificial tears, as recommended.
  • Clean towels, gauze pads, and / or washcloth.
  • Ice packs.

Immediate Expectations after Eyelid Surgery

During the first 24- to 48-hours after eyelid surgery, you may notice the following:

  • Mild discomfort, which can be alleviated with over-the-counter or prescription medication. Avoid aspirin and ibuprofen products; these increase the risk of bleeding.
  • Bruises and swelling around the eyes (this will diminish over 7 to 10 days).
  • During the first few hours, double-vision, light sensitivity, and tearing may occur.

Weeks 1 and 2

Every person recovers at their own pace. Adequate self-care is necessary even when the recovery phase is going well. For the first two weeks following eyelid surgery, patients should:

  • Elevate their head while sleeping. This is easily accomplished by sleeping in a recliner or using a few pillows in bed. Elevation facilitates circulation that minimizes swelling.
  • Continue to follow post-operative guidelines until their follow-up visit.
  • Avoid strenuous physical activity and swimming. Bending and lifting should also be avoided as much as possible to prevent rapid increase in blood pressure in the head.
  • Listen to their body. The eyes may fatigue quickly when reading or performing computer work. Slow down. Take naps! Limit exposure to digital devices.

Schedule a Consultation

The results of cosmetic eyelid surgery can last several years, even as the aging process continues. Learn more about blepharoplasty for functional or cosmetic reasons. Call our Denver office at (303) 839-1616.


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